It was a beautiful site to see this morning!!
My alarm went off at 5:30 and I went right to the window to get a glimpse of what I thought would be the tail end of the Blood Moon Eclipse.
Imagine my surprise when I peeked again a few minutes later to see that the area of the moon in the umbra had grown!!
So my calculation was off and as a result I was able to see the whole eclipse. Witchlette enjoyed it with me. I pointed out the moon to her and she gazed with legitimate interest. She didn’t stay long, but when she did, her attention was focused. Awesome.
I had to finish getting both of us ready for the day and so I went back inside. Every few minutes I stole a peek out the window and was able to see the complete eclipse.
After packing up lunch and saying goodbye to Hubby/Daddy (Wednesdays I drop Witchlette off at Grandma’s). I stepped out the front door and could see the first signs of morning light coming over the trees at the edge of my neighborhood. This was in stark contrast to the fully-eclipsed moon hanging over my back yard.
Remember the geometry of lunar eclipses from middle school science?
According the the basic geometry of a lunar eclipse, the shadow of the earth is what makes the moon appear red. The shadow is caused by the Earth sitting directly in between the sun and the moon. So how is it possible to have the sun rise but still have the moon eclipsed?
Simple. It’s not.
At least in theory it’s not. But it happened and many of us witnessed it!
Witchlette and I drove to Grandma’s house in the relative dark of the early morning (it was 6:40 when we arrived). I was driving West, facing the Moon the whole way as the sky was gradually becoming lighter and lighter in my rear-view mirror. As the sky got lighter, the moon started to fade away. It was beautiful in a very eerie way.
It was impossible, and yet it happened!